Some people think Leviathan was a crocodilian.
Let’s investigate and consider this possibility.
Think of some problems or challenges Leviathan or an alligator might have.
As you go through the Power Point, jot down some adaptations that God
gave these creatures to solve the problems.
A croc's tongue doesn't move—it's attached to the
bottom of its mouth.
1Can you pull in the leviathan with a fishhook
or tie down his tongue with a rope?
2 Can you put a cord through his nose
or pierce his jaw with a hook?
All the species of alligators,
caimans, crocodiles, and gharial
together are known as
They belong to the order
Will he keep begging you for mercy?
Will he speak to you with gentle words?
4 Will he make an agreement with you
for you to take him as your slave for life?
Some crocodilians make
nests like birds but on the
ground; others dig a hole in
the sandy beach to lay their
The mama croc will guard the eggs
from predators that might try to dig
them up and eat them.
Once they hatch the mom carries
them in her mouth to the water.
Can you make a pet of him like a bird or put him on a leash for your girls?
The female guards them for about
a year, attacking predators that
come close. She may let them ride
on her back and some species call
their hatchlings to swim into their
mouths for protection.
It looks like she swallowed them
but they are actually protected!
When the babies are
ready to hatch, they
grunt or bark from inside
the egg. Some mothers
will help by gently biting
the egg to open it.
The babies use a short little tooth on the end of
their snouts called an “egg tooth” to break out.
Many species have been hunted
for their skins to make shoes and
luggage. Others are endangered
because of loss of habitat.
Will traders barter for him?
Will they divide him up among the merchants?
Crocodilians, like reptiles in general,
keep growing all their lives.
Can you fill his hide with
or his head with
Any hope of subduing
him is false;
the mere sight of him
8 If you lay a hand on him,
you will remember the
struggle and never do it
No one is fierce enough
to rouse him.
Because God created them with powerful senses they
are excellent hunters. Crocs have keen hearing and
vertical pupils give them good night vision.
As you read, determine which senses help the
crocodile and how. Compare to another
creature with a Venn Diagram.
Crocodilians have slits on
their heads that can close to
cover their keen ears when
God placed their eyes on top of their heads
so they can see well as they cruise the water
Crocodilians can swim up to 20
miles per hour and on land they can
move as fast as 11 miles per hour
with their muscular legs.
They can only move short
distances on land before they tire.
I will not fail to speak of his limbs, his strength and his graceful form.
The tail is half the animal's length and can be used as
a weapon. It stores fat that the reptile will use for
nourishment during the winter.
Crocs are cold blooded ectothermic (cold blooded) and
must bask in the sun to get heat.
Who can strip off his outer coat? Who would
approach him with a bridle?
Imagine someone trying to put a bridle on a
crocodilian and ride it. Who is doing this? Where?
Why? How did the story resolve?
Write the story in 1-2 paragraphs.
Crocs have 66 teeth but don't chew their food. They
either swallow prey whole or tear off large pieces.
Who dares open the doors of his mouth ringed about with his fearsome teeth?
God gave crocs special organs in their snouts to
give them a great sense of smell.
Some croc species can eat up to half their body
weight in one meal. They will juggle the food
around to get food in the right position, toss their
heads back and let the food fall down their
His back has rows of shields tightly sealed together;
each is so close to the next that no air can pass
between. 17 They are joined fast to one another;
they cling together and cannot be parted.
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Length: largest—black caiman is up to 16 feet and the
smallest—Cuvier's dwarf caiman is up to 5 feet the
American alligator can reach 15 feet
Weight: up to 1,000 pounds
Life span: 30 to 60 years
Strength resides in his neck;
dismay goes before him.
The folds of his flesh are tightly joined;
they are firm and immovable.
Length: largest saltwater crocodile was 20.7 feet; the
smallest—African dwarf crocodile is 4 to 6 feet
Weight: saltwater crocodile—up to 2,000 pounds but
most species are 1,000 pounds or less
His chest is hard as rock, hard as a lower millstone.
Life span: 50 to 75 years
When he rises up, the mighty are terrified;
they retreat before his thrashing.
The sword that reaches him has
nor does the spear or the dart
or the javelin.
27 Iron he treats like straw
and bronze like rotten wood.
28 Arrows do not make him flee;
sling stones are like chaff to
29 A club seems to him but a piece
he laughs at the rattling of the
Their bellies are yellow to white
and have smooth scales.
Crocodilians live in or near the
His undersides are jagged potsherds, leaving a trail in the
mud like a threshing sledge.
Sometimes appearing to be logs
floating in a swamp or washed up
Crocs can hold their breath
underwater for more than an hour.
31 He makes the depths churn like a boiling caldron
and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment.
Crocodiles swim very well,
propelling themselves through the
water with their tails and webbed
Behind him he leaves a glistening wake;
one would think the deep had white hair.
33 Nothing on earth is his equal—
a creature without fear.
34 He looks down on all that are haughty;
he is king over all that are proud."
Crocodiles swim very well, propelling themselves
through the water with their tails and webbed feet.
Salt water crocodile habitat
There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number—
living things both large and small.
26 There the ships go to and fro, and the leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.
Or could Leviathan be a Bombardier Beetle?
The bombardier beetle, found mainly in Africa and
Asia, can fire a powerful jet of hot, toxic fluid to fight
off predators such as birds and frogs. The venomous
squirt can travel as far as 20cm.
His snorting throws out flashes of light;
his eyes are like the rays of dawn.
19 Firebrands stream from his mouth; sparks of fire shoot out.
Quantities of hydroquinone and hydrogen peroxide
gases build up in the beetle’s abdomen and produce
the toxic benzoquinone. This hot fluid is then fired off
in the face of enemy.
20 Smoke pours from his nostrils
as from a boiling pot over a fire
21 His breath sets coals ablaze,
and flames dart from his mouth.
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